January 15, 2013

Warning: Data Overload

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Non-SequiturAlthough I wasn’t at CES last week, I believe I can experience the show without the hassle of airfare and hotels. There are lists-a-plenty of the Top 10 Best, Top 10 Worst, and even a four sentence summary of the event.

What hasn’t mildly surprised me: Mobility is big. Phablets are bigger. “The Internet of Things” is biggest: it will be what this year is about because it’s already here (safe prediction, right?).

What has leveled me: The absurd creations brilliant technologists are creating as if the question of “why” didn’t ask.

"Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could,
that they didn't stop to think if they should." –Jurassic Park

The empowerment of employees through tablets and mobility, and the ability to have the world’s knowledge as well as your own social calendar at your fingertips – people like to have control of their own life and share what they want, not everything, and sometimes people like to *gasp* go off the grid. I’m not alone in thinking the fork that tells you if you’re eating too fast is one of the craziest ideas at CES. Sure, it takes on an act that we find necessary to do daily (eating) but do we really need this level of monitoring and reporting? (Side note: This would be fun for maybe a month and I do have this - so the cool factor is still attractive.)

I read an article about resolutions that said people should try to do LESS, not MORE. In theory, if you’re doing less, than you’re able to do it well; if you’re doing too much, you may not do it as well. It makes sense. So what are we supposed to do with this floodgate of information we are collecting? We should be careful with how many things we’re making “smart” because I don’t see myself correlating the number of times I move a fork to the room's current humidity level any time soon.

Topic(s): IoT

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